Applied Exercise Psychology emphasizes the application of evidence-based knowledge drawn from the fields of exercise psychology, health psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, and exercise physiology for physical activity behavior change. The book provides readers with:

  • theoretical bases for understanding and promoting physical activity behavior;
  • interventions to use for facilitating physical activity behavior change and the tools for measuring the effectiveness of these interventions;
  • cross-cultural considerations for practitioners to ensure multicultural competency;
  • considerations to guide best practices with special populations (e.g., persons with medical conditions and persons with mental health conditions);
  • overall applied implications and future directions.

The collection builds a bridge between up-to-date research findings, relevant field experiences, and applied implications. This is the first book to cover such breadth of topics in applied exercise psychology, with chapters bringing often overlooked issues to the attention of practitioners to promote not only evidence-based practice but also responsible ethics and referral.


chapter 1|4 pages

Introduction and Book Objectives

chapter 5|12 pages

Theories and Models of Behavior Change Applied to Exercise

Research and Practice

chapter 7|16 pages

Exercise and Well-Being

chapter 14|15 pages

Cross-Cultural Considerations in Exercise Promotion

A Cultural Sport Psychology Perspective

chapter 15|14 pages


Important Terms and Concepts

chapter 16|8 pages

Swimming Upstream

Addressing Barriers to Exercise and Physical Activity in Women of Color

chapter 17|13 pages

Socioeconomic Status

chapter 18|11 pages

Playing the Field

Experiences With Sexual Orientation and Gender in Sport and Physical Activity

chapter 19|12 pages

Persons With Disabilities

chapter 20|25 pages

Applied Exercise Psychology

Children and Adolescents

chapter 21|17 pages

Exercise and Aging

chapter 22|14 pages

Communication Style

chapter 23|27 pages

Exercise in Obesity From the Perspective of Hedonic Theory

A Call for Sweeping Change in Professional Practice Norms

chapter 24|14 pages

Solvitur Ambulando

Exercise and Mental Health Conditions

chapter 25|9 pages

Exercise Addiction

chapter 29|18 pages


chapter 31|13 pages

Persons With Medical Conditions